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Rory Byrne working on 2014 Ferrari

During his time at Ferrari, Byrne designed cars that between them won a total of 70 Grand Prix races, making him one of the most successful car designers in the sport - although his mantle has since been taken by Adrian Newey thanks to his recent phenomenal run of wins at Red Bull Racing.

Newey's success has forced Ferrari's team principal Stefano Domenicali to push his design team for even more innovative and "extreme solutions" to try and put them back on an even technical footing with their rivals in 2013.

Auto Motor und Sport quotes one unnamed Maranello insider as hinting that the F138's rear profile actually closely mimics that of the 2012 Red Bull RB8 - except that it pushes the concept even further for the new season.

"We are just waiting for Newey to complain about our rear suspension," the paper quoted the insider as saying.

Red Bull's own new challenger for 2013 is unveiled on Sunday at 1pm, and given Newey's reputation will doubtless raise just as many eyebrows and inspire just as many plaintive appeals to the FIA as his previous cars have managed to do in the past.




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Buck Bundy

February 03, 2013 1:26 PM

Why, Danny Don, is this not news? Yes, every team is beavering away on next year's car, but not every team has a Rory Byrne doing it. This shows how seriously Ferrari are taking it, dragging him out of retirement. They've been pretty much on the wane since he left.

Burly Chassis - Unregistered

February 05, 2013 3:34 AM

Surprised to see Luca di Montezemolo's assertion that "a V6 engine is not part of Ferrari tradition". Sure, it's not the most enormous part of Ferrari tradition, but it's still most definitely a part. The first engine in the long line of Ferrari motors to be called a Dino was a V6, and you surely can't be more a part of Ferrari tradition than being an engine called a Dino - and at the head of that tradition too. And that's not all - the Dino V6 was the engine in the back of the legendary Sharknose 156 which took Phil Hill to the world title (and took the scuderia to its first constructors' title) in 1961.



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